Commercial Motor is a weekly magazine serving the road transport industry in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1905 by Edmund Dangerfield, it is notable for having been "the first journal to be devoted exclusively to the commercial vehicle engaged in the conveyance of goods or in passenger carrying".[2]

Commercial Motor
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Commercial Motor cover, 2 March 2023
EditorWill Shiers
CategoriesRoad transport
Circulation10,727 (2011)[1]
CompanyRoad Transport Media
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageBritish English

Originally named The Commercial Motor, the title was shortened to Commercial Motor for the first issue of 1966.[3] The publication is commonly referred to as 'CM' by its readers and editorial staff.[4]

Commercial Motor was initially published by Temple Press[5] and since 2011 it has been published by Road Transport Media, part of DVV Media Group.[6]

Launch edit

The Commercial Motor was launched in March 1905 by Temple Press. In the leader of the first issue it described itself as a "missionary and educative medium".[7]

For the first issue on 16 March, 20,000 copies were issued "in Britain and other countries, with the hope that the normal weekly circulation would be at least 5,000".[8]

Composition edit

The content of Commercial Motor consists of editorial followed by classified advertising. The editorial part of the publication is subdivided into:

  • 'This Week': news section, including letters
  • 'Legal Digest': case reports, O-licence applications and decisions, upcoming training courses
  • 'Operations': features section, usually including a van or truck road test
  • 'Used Trucks': news and features for used truck buyers and sellers

Online edit

Commercial Motor's website launched at the end of November 2011.[9] Reflecting the print publication, it is a mixture of editorial content and classified advertising.[10]

Events edit

Commercial Motor is an official media partner of the Commercial Vehicle Show.[11]

In October 2012 a new event under the Commercial Motor brand called Commercial Motor Live was launched.[12] Exhibitors at this event included truck manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz[13] and service suppliers to the road transport industry including Backhouse Jones.[14] The event was held again in 2013.[15]

References edit

  1. ^ "Product Page - ABC". Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Commercial Motor 16th July 1943 The Commercial Motor Archive". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Commercial Motor 7th January 1966 The Commercial Motor Archive". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Commercial Motor 19th July 1986 The Commercial Motor Archive". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Research & Enquiries Officer's Blog - The National Motor Museum Trust". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Andy Salter leads management buyout of RBI transport outlets - FeaturesExec Media Bulletin". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Commercial Motor 16th March 1905 The Commercial Motor Archive". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Commercial Motor 18th March 1955 The Commercial Motor Archive". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  9. ^ " - Welcome to the all-new". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Makemedia: Commercial Motor case study". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Transporters swap trucks for track after industry's biggest show". Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Road Transport Media choose Venues Event Management - Event Industry News event magazine". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Mercedes-Benz UK - Events - Commercial Motor Live 2012". Retrieved 17 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Commercial Motor Live -". Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Venues Event Management stays behind wheel of Commercial Motor Live". Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.

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